History Film / MississippiBurning

23rd Aug '16 5:42:27 AM eroock
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* LetMeTellYouAStory: The ScaryBlackMan intimidates the kidnapped mayor by telling him a story about the violent castration of a black fellow man by white racists. And then he makes moves to perform the same on the mayor which [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique gets the latter to talk]].

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* LetMeTellYouAStory: The ScaryBlackMan intimidates the kidnapped mayor by telling him a story about the violent castration of a black fellow man by white racists. supremacists. And then he makes moves to perform the same action on the mayor which [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique gets the latter him to talk]].
23rd Aug '16 5:38:07 AM eroock
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* GreyAndBlackMorality: Toward the end, once the FBI adopts Anderson's preferred tactics, we get some gray shades into an otherwise overly [[BlackAndWhiteMorality black and white morality scheme]].

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* GreyAndBlackMorality: Toward the end, once the FBI adopts Anderson's preferred tactics, we get some gray shades into an otherwise overly [[BlackAndWhiteMorality black and white morality scheme]].morality]] scheme.
23rd Aug '16 5:37:25 AM eroock
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* DangerTakesABackseat: How they kidnap the Mayor.

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* DangerTakesABackseat: How they kidnap the Mayor.Mayor in his car.
23rd Aug '16 5:36:52 AM eroock
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* ChirpingCrickets: The bar becomes silent when Ward decides to sit down next to one of the blacks.

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* ChirpingCrickets: The bar becomes goes silent when Ward decides to sit down next to one of the blacks.
23rd Aug '16 5:36:28 AM eroock
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* BringMyBrownPants: Apparently this happened to Lester during the faked hanging scare.

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* BringMyBrownPants: Apparently this happened to Lester lost it during the faked hanging scare.his faux hanging.
23rd Aug '16 5:35:23 AM eroock
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* {{Bookends}}: The movie starts and ends with a gospel choir singing.

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* {{Bookends}}: The movie starts and ends with a gospel choir singing.song.
23rd Aug '16 5:32:39 AM eroock
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!!This Film Contains Examples Of:

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!!This Film Contains Examples Of:
film provides examples of:
23rd Aug '16 2:31:00 AM Az_Tech341
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* GoryDiscretionShot: The headshot in the opening scene is not shown directly. All we see it the blood splattering on the co-driver's face.

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* GoryDiscretionShot: The headshot in the opening scene is not shown directly. All we see it is the blood splattering on the co-driver's face.
22nd Aug '16 5:42:18 PM eroock
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* AnswerCut: After just another Klan raid on the black community, Ward is desperate and asks Anderson what he would do. The latter smiles. Cut to the next scene of an arranged meeting with the black boy who successfully persuades his friend into helping identify the culprits.
* ArtisticLicenceHistory: It seems very unlikely that whites in 1964 Mississippi would sit and eat in the same restaurant with blacks -- even allowing for segregated sections. Black folks couldn't come in and sit down and order a meal. The most they could do was to order food for carry-out, and then stand at the end of the lunch counter and wait to receive it.
* AudienceMurmurs: At the KangarooCourt scene, the audience reacts with loud murmurs to the judge's words.



* BystanderSyndrome: Discussed when [[spoiler: the mayor hangs himself]].
--> '''Agent Bird''': I don't understand why he did it. He wasn't in on it. He wasn't even Klan.

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* {{Bookends}}: The movie starts and ends with a gospel choir singing.
* BringMyBrownPants: Apparently this happened to Lester during the faked hanging scare.
* BystanderSyndrome: Discussed when [[spoiler: the mayor Mayor hangs himself]].
--> '''Agent Bird''': I don't understand why [[DrivenToSuicide he did it.it]]. He wasn't in on it. He wasn't even Klan.



* ChirpingCrickets: The bar becomes silent when Ward decides to sit down next to one of the blacks.



%%* DeepSouth: Naturally.
* DomesticAbuse: [[spoiler:Deputy Pell beats up his wife when he finds out that she has helped the FBI.]]
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:The Mayor]]

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%%* * DangerTakesABackseat: How they kidnap the Mayor.
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DeepSouth: Naturally.
* DomesticAbuse: [[spoiler:Deputy Pell beats up his wife when he finds out that she has helped
The film is set in the FBI.]]
deep south and tackles racism and {{Corrupt Hick}}s.
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:The Mayor]]Mayor]].



* GreyAndBlackMorality: Toward the end, once the FBI adopts Anderson's preferred tactics.

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* GreyAndBlackMorality: Toward the end, once the FBI adopts Anderson's preferred tactics.tactics, we get some gray shades into an otherwise overly [[BlackAndWhiteMorality black and white morality scheme]].
* GoryDiscretionShot: The headshot in the opening scene is not shown directly. All we see it the blood splattering on the co-driver's face.



* ItsPersonal: Agent Anderson after [[spoiler:Mrs. Pell, to whom he was attracted, is beaten by TheKlan for being an informant]].

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* IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim: Ward warns Anderson to not go after Clinton Pell who just beat the hell out of his wife for ratting out the location of the bodies.
-->'''Ward''': I'm telling you to stop. We're not killers. The difference between them and us.
* ItsPersonal: Agent Anderson loses his cool after [[spoiler:Mrs. Pell, to whom he was attracted, is beaten by TheKlan for being an informant]].informant]].
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: Anderson applies this technique in order to get his suspects to talk. Ward is not fond of this approach as coercion wouldn't hold up in court. But it turns out Anderson only uses the testimonies to play the Klan members against another.



* LaserGuidedKarma: The crooked mayor (played by Creator/RLeeErmey) gets this in the form a black FBI informant who after telling him the story of a teenager who was castrated by a couple of Klansmen, threatens to castrate him if he doesn't talk. Lester Cowans ''almost'' is [[spoiler: lynched by his fellow Klansmen who think he will talk. It was actually FBI disguised as Klansmen in order to scare him into talking]].

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* KickThemWhileTheyAreDown: There is a KickTheDog moment during the nightly attack on the church members. One of the Klan members kicks the black boy while the latter lies wailing on the ground.
* LaserGuidedKarma: The crooked mayor (played by Creator/RLeeErmey) gets this in the form a black FBI informant who after [[LetMeTellYouAStory telling him the story story]] of a teenager who was castrated by a couple of Klansmen, threatens to castrate him if he doesn't talk. Lester Cowans ''almost'' is [[spoiler: lynched by his fellow Klansmen who think he will talk. It was actually FBI disguised as Klansmen in order to scare him into talking]].talking]].
* LegitimateBusinessmensSocialClub: Anderson discovers a hangout where some local men are drinking beer. When he orders one, the crooked sheriff's deputy tells him, "You have to be a member to drink here." The FBI agent asks, "A member o' ''what''?" The deputy replies, "The social club," but it's obvious to everyone (including the audience) that he really means the UsefulNotes/KuKluxKlan.
* LetMeTellYouAStory: The ScaryBlackMan intimidates the kidnapped mayor by telling him a story about the violent castration of a black fellow man by white racists. And then he makes moves to perform the same on the mayor which [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique gets the latter to talk]].



* OddCouple: The two agents have a different approach to their police work which creates friction between them.



* PoliticallyCorrectHistory: FBI agents as heroes to the Civil Rights Movement. As most historians know, J. Edgar Hoover was no fan of the movement in RealLife and the agency in fact took several notable measures to undermine and sabotage the movement (although individual agents as depicted here, of course, may have had differing views on the situation).

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* PoliticallyCorrectHistory: [[CIAEvilFBIGood FBI agents as heroes heroes]] to the Civil Rights Movement. As most historians know, J. Edgar Hoover was no fan of the movement in RealLife and the agency in fact took several notable measures to undermine and sabotage the movement (although individual agents as depicted here, of course, may have had differing views on the situation).situation).
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: The supremacist villains.
* RansackedRoom: Pell's house at the end. It is inferred that the "Clan" and their followers trashed her place to tell her she's not welcome anymore after breaking the code of silence.



* SouthernGothic: while nothing supernatural is going on, the film has such a heavy and oppressive atmosphere that at times it borders on becoming a southern gothic.

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* SouthernGothic: while While nothing supernatural is going on, the film has such a heavy and oppressive atmosphere that at times it borders on becoming a southern gothic.



%%* TownWithADarkSecret
%%* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory

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%%* TownWithADarkSecret
%%* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory
* StoppedClock: Ward mentions in passing that they found a wristwatch in the car which stopped at 12:45.
* TantrumThrowing: The ScaryBlackMan throws a coffee cup against the wall during his interrogation of the mayor.
* TownWithADarkSecret: Three people were murdered and half the townspeople are in on it.
* TrainEscape: The two FBI agents are cut off by a train during their pursue of some Klan members. The delay causes them to arrive late to prevent the mutilation of the black boy in the forest.
* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: The film is InspiredBy the murder of voting rights activists James Chaney, Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman by the UsefulNotes/KuKluxKlan. The similarities to the real murder case end there. For example, in the movie they bring in a special black agent who threatens to castrate the mayor to get him to tell where the bodies are located. In reality, it was an Italian member of the mafia who got the KKK to talk.



-> '''Anderson''': I hope these Ku Kluxers are better at lynchings than they are at lyrics.

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-> --> '''Anderson''': I hope these Ku Kluxers are better at lynchings than they are at lyrics.




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* VomitingCop: When seeing the buried bodies at the dam, one of the agents steps aside and vomits.
* WindowPain: The Klan sends a message to the two agents by shooting a hole into the window of their apartment. Same happens later to Lester.
* WouldHitAGirl: [[spoiler:Deputy Pell beats up his wife when he finds out that she has helped the FBI.]]
20th Jul '16 4:54:20 PM Mdumas43073
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A 1988 film [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory very loosely based]] on the investigation of the murders of three civil rights activists in 1964 Mississippi. Two FBI officers (Gene Hackman, Willem Dafoe) must work their way through a hotbed of county-wide lies and deceit, with little support from citizens, to solve the murders.

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A 1988 film directed by Alan Parker and [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory very loosely based]] on the investigation of the murders of three civil rights activists in 1964 Mississippi. Two FBI officers (Gene Hackman, Willem Dafoe) (Creator/GeneHackman, Creator/WillemDafoe) must work their way through a hotbed of county-wide lies and deceit, with little support from citizens, to solve the murders.
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